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Good Morning

Amelanchier canadensis Early morning in mid-May with the blossom on an Amelanchier canadensis bush glowing in the oblique morning light as breakfast is prepared and we can look forward to another day pottering in the garden. Copyright © All images are made available under a [...]

2018-05-15T16:20:38-04:00Monday, May 14, 2018|

Suddenly Spring is Springing

We returned earlier in the week from a couple of weeks in very-springy England to find that there were few leaves on the trees here but that garden buds were swelling. Now, four days later you can almost watch the leaves pinging open, change is happening so fast. The grass is visibly growing and [...]

2018-06-14T17:40:05-04:00Saturday, May 12, 2018|

Season turning time in the Garden

The seasons are now finally turning in reality and just as written in stone on the calendar. Pretty cold start of the week and a day of quite heavy freezing rain (latest FR in Montreal for 70 years apparently) but things started to warm up by Friday and better still as this is written [...]

2018-04-21T16:55:12-04:00Saturday, April 21, 2018|

The return of flowing water

The ice is gone Very rapidly over less than a couple of days, the ice went from the St-Lawrence and we are back to flowing water again. However, if you look at the foot of the tall tree you will see a few remnant, trapped plates of ice caught there temporarily. I am looking [...]

2018-04-19T09:36:03-04:00Thursday, April 19, 2018|

Iris, Crocuses and a Rabbit (video)

Iris reticulata Emphatically not a native flower -actually it is native to Russia, the Caucasus, and northern Iran, but cultivated widely in temperate regions. Earns its keep here as one of the first flowers to emerge when the snows leave. Very hard to photograph - in reality it is really a deep purple but auto [...]

2018-04-14T14:41:14-04:00Wednesday, April 11, 2018|

Galanthophilia, crocuses, birds … and some other signs of spring

There have been "signs" of hopefully approaching spring for a couple of weeks but now as March ends there are genuine signs which nobody can ignore. For a start, there is considerable melting of the snow and free water in the garden pond, the sun has genuine warmth in it even if the air [...]

2018-04-01T07:26:28-04:00Saturday, March 31, 2018|

… and a Duck

This magnificent bird is a Northern Pintail male and as the ice on the river starts to open up in the next couple of weeks (we hope) there will be a small number of them spending a short moment in the vicinity. I have to confess that this is a wild Pintail, but a [...]

2018-03-24T14:54:41-04:00Saturday, March 24, 2018|

Spring Bunny

Spring arrived with the vernal equinox just a few days ago and the Spring Bunny has been in evidence ... practicing for his annual obligatory Easter appearance no doubt. This year, thank goodness, he does not appear to ring-barked any of our choicer trees like he did last winter. [...]

2018-03-24T14:58:40-04:00Saturday, March 24, 2018|

Gardening with Audio

From biblical deluge to warm sunshine and leaves bursting all around us - this week with the addition of bird song audios. First - We have been playing around with the layout and moved the small, in-line images from amongst the text to a new column on the right, replacing the boilerplate blog sidebar we used to have ... [...]

2017-05-14T06:59:46-04:00Saturday, May 13, 2017|

“It’s good for the garden, though …”

Probably more photographs than words this week … but that’s what most of our readers like, so we’ll press on. After a record setting wet April (another five or six hours and we would have beaten a 75 year record for the month, but the last few drops fell in May) we still have [...]

2017-05-07T11:43:06-04:00Saturday, May 6, 2017|